Thursday, November 15, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Justin Townes Earle/Tift Merritt
8 p.m. Friday, November 16, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $20-$25.
Since playing Evening Muse for a rapt, but sparse room in 2008, Steve Earle’s eldest son has released four albums that paint him as a tradition-steeped musical explorer. Opener Merritt is an NC native with a voice that’s as sweet and pure as honeysuckle.

Tom Russell
8 p.m. Friday, November 16, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $20-$22.
Though not as well-known as many of his peers, Russell is a songwriter’s songwriter who channels his outsider status into his impeccably written originals. He’s also an author whose published three books and a regarded painter.

Rosie Flores
8 p.m. Saturday, November 17, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $15-$17.
The 62-year-old rockabilly firecracker takes the lead (guitar that is) on her new album “Working Girl’s Guitar,” which makes up part of her set along with a tribute to one of her heroes, Janis Martin, who died in 2007.

The Love Language
8 p.m. Saturday, November 17, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$14.
It hasn’t released a new record since 2010’s “Libraries,” which simultaneously captured the indie-rock sound of the Raleigh band’s home base and grand, atmospheric reverb-heavy pop-rock that drums up images of remote North Carolina vistas.

Perpetual Groove
8:30 p.m. Saturday, November 17, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15/$30 VIP. 704-358-9298.
The original lineup including keyboardist Matt McDonald is on board for this improv-heavy outfit’s latest trek, which will include plenty of the dynamics-driven mix of funky R&B, jazz, prog-rock, and electronic music that’s long fueled its flame.

Kaki King
8 p.m. Sunday, November 18, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $15-$17.
The ever-evolving and prolific guitar virtuoso’s elastic style can veer from jazzy and percussive to exotic, ethereal and foreign to mysterious and funky on her new record “Glow.” Her otherworldly instrumental work and her film scoring has attracted several A-list admirers.

Lamb of God
7 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $45.
The Richmond metal band is back on the road after a tumultuous year that includes cancelling summer dates due to singer Randy Blythe’s controversial incarceration in the Czech Republic. With In Flames, Hellyeah, and Sylosis.

Benefit for Mike Martin
8 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10.
Martin has been undergoing cancer treatment while continuing to man the Double Door’s bar. With the Spongetones, Gigi Dover & Big Love, the Federal Brothers, Don Dixon and the Jump Rabbits, and Sonny Skyyz and the Rainmakers.